Around the world we are asked what makes the Adelaide Festival so special. Because its reputation precedes us. It’s known as one of those festivals that set the standard. And we say that for those 17 days in March the weather is glorious and there is a buzz and a palpable ambition that you can taste in the air around you. The whole city is alive with hope and pleasure and possibility.
Rachel Healy and Neil Armfield AO, Joint Artistic Directors
Adelaide Festival commissions and champions Australia’s most innovative new work along with presenting some of the world’s great companies and artists including Lloyd Newson, Lyon Opera Ballet, Scottish Opera, Romeo Castellucci, Johan Inger, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hofesh Shechter, Meryl Tankard, Milo Rau, Grace Jones, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Akram Khan, Sylvie Guillem, John Zorn, Marlene Dietrich, Allen Ginsberg, James Thiérrée, Philip Glass, Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal, Isabelle Huppert, Schaubühne Berlin, Yehudi Menuhin, Isabella Rossellini, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Nina Simone, Jane Birkin and Malcolm McLaren.